The River Thames Guide

Sports Clubs

Thames Sailing Club

Thames Sailing Club

Patron: H.R.H. THE PRINCE PHILIP Duke of Edinburgh

Portsmouth Road
Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4HH
Tel: 020 83992164


Founded in 1870, Thames Sailing Club is the oldest non tidal sailing club in Great Britain. It still houses one of the first fleets of sailing dinghies to sail in this country- the Thames ‘A’ Raters - which were designed specifically for the light weather conditions on the river.

The club house is situated on the Surrey bank between Kingston and Hampton Court Bridges. Being above Teddington Lock the river is fresh water and essentially non-tidal. We have a large car-park so access is easy. New members sailing and family members are welcome as are social members who just wish to enjoy the best riverside venue in the area. Sailing normally starts at Easter and ends at the beginning of November. A great social life at the club however goes on throughout the year. Our 'club priced' catering has a high reputation thanks to a local chef.
Members are expected to undertake a duty once or twice a year. We are a self-help club and members are encouraged to help at work parties.

There is a full RYA Certificated training course for all ages and abilities covering First Aid, Power Boating and, of course, Sailing. Our instructors are RYA qualified.

We sail several classes of boats besides the Thames ‘A’ Rater including one and two man crewed craft plus boats suitable for 8 year olds upwards. To help one get started we also have club boats available for use.  Racing is organised on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings. We often have 'fun sailing' with BBQ etc on a Friday evening. Boat storage is available.